Monday, March 30, 2009

Yet another sneak peek!

beauty queens and one handsome fella:

Friday, March 27, 2009

the one and only...


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A few for Britt!

What a fun session--Britt was up for anything and did a fantastic job wandering the streets of downtown Ft. Myers with me and her pal, Lindsay. Thanks for the real smiles--you two are great!

Saturday, March 21, 2009


My Mom would like YOUR opinion! Unfortunately, she has had do to a some wig shopping--thankfully she has had some fun with it and can't decide between the two featured here. What do you think? Leave her a comment and let her know! Thanks from the both of us...your input means a lot.

p.s. isn't she beautiful?!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hangin' at my house this weekend!

I am completely smitten with baby K...he is the five month old baby boy of our friends from Oregon, Matt & Jen. And he is here, in my house...available for all the kisses, snuggles, and giggles that I can sneak in before his parents insist on taking him back to Oregon with them. What a perfect little baby, his eyes sparkle, his smile lights up the room--and he is full of those smiles, I tell ya! I can't get enough and I hope you will indulge me as I post about a zillion more photos of him! They are coming soon! Matt & Jen: you are one gorgeous family....I love you guys!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Samma's sneaky peeky

This beauty queen was sweet & fun, willing to climb in trees with who knows what kind of bugs around...thanks for your willingness, girl!

p.s. I want that dress!

Friday, March 13, 2009

{she knows me!}

Featured above is a beautiful, thoughtful, delicious, home-made gift from my friend, Shelly! I had to share it here because I am so utterly excited about it. Shell explained that she reads my blog, and knew I would appreciate a fancy re-usable grocery bag--so she made me one! That tree is just screaming my name. Next, she thoughtfully baked me PEAR cookies, people. Pear! Talk about a sweetheart who pays attention! She put real, fresh pear into these cookies along with walnuts and divine spices...they are de-lish. And I don't want to share them with anyone.

Thanks, girl...I love it.

ps. here is a better look at that fabulous tree:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sneak Peek!

A sneak peek for Michelle...
I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to photograph these beautiful sisters...their personalities just shine through these pictures. Michelle, I am thrilled to have you and your family in my life. More to come! Enjoy...

Monday, March 9, 2009

A Profound Moment

How do YOU like your eggs?

Wait! Think about this question v-e-r-y carefully and let us remember the plight of Maggie Carpenter, played by Julia Roberts in one of my all time favorite movies ever: Runaway Bride.

Maggie has been the subject of a journalist's criticsm & ridicule for leaving three men at the alter, and is on the verge of her fourth attempt.

As Ike, the journalist (played by Richard Gere), interviews all of Maggie's ex-boyfriends, there is one common and final question he asks them each: "how does she like her eggs?" They all answer this way: "Same as me, fried/poached/scrambled with dill." Mind you, Ike is falling for Maggie and recongnizes this pattern of her 'loss of self' in each relationship...not just in eggs, but in her constantly changing interests. In a heated discussion, he informs her of this profound conclusion:

"You are so lost, you don't even know what kind of eggs you like!"

At the end of the movie, after leaving Ike at the alter, Maggie sees the truth in Ike's observation and finds herself. She makes eggs in every possible way, lines them up and eats them with her left hand, because she is left-handed and I just love that about her. She's so quirky. Anyway, when she goes to get Ike back, along with giving him her dirty old running shoes (be still my beating heart, that is romantic!), she tells him about her choice of eggs.

"Scrambled," she says. "I hate all the other kinds of eggs."

And this, my friends is sheer genius. She has found out who she is, what kind of eggs she likes, and thankfully she doesn't have to hike up Mt. Annapurna on her honeymoon, as planned with fiance #4. ("It's....tall." -Maggie Carpenter)

I didn't know what kind of eggs I liked until after I was married for a few years. For years prior, I had lost myself in relationships, just like Maggie. It feels good to be comfortable in my own skin, to accept myself and to know that I am free to be me. And guess what?! Sometimes my hubby and I will sit down for breakfast with eggs cooked in two different ways...and it doesn't mean that we aren't perfect for each other! do you like your eggs? Didn't know that was such a complex question, did ya?

For your entertainment, here is the link to the Runaway Bride official trailer over on youtube. "A girl can't get married in flannel!"

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Free Tickets to Wayfest!

Our March Give-away is for a pair of free tickets to the Wayfest on April 24th in Fort Myers featuring Newsboys, Decemberadio & Vota.

To enter, simply leave a comment telling us your favorite singer/band.

I am going to start by breaking the rules since I can't narrow it down to one. My all time favorite band:
Dave Matthews Band

But I also will forever be loyal to the praise & worship music of Rich Mullins...he was the best. His music saw me through some tough times!

Can't wait to read some comments! Bring 'em on!

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Public Service Announcement

My blog readers, I love you so much that I (your official 'new ice cream flavor tester'), am here to report on the new Haagen-Dazs flavor:
Carmelized Pear & Toasted Pecan.

I had high hopes for this flavor...I didn't think I could go wrong, afterall, my favorite jelly bean flavor is the one and only "juicy pear". While this flavor didn't completely bomb, in my opinion, it could have been so much better. There was this funky after taste to the pear pieces, and it wasn't very juicy at all. Sigh. Just once I would like to prove my husband wrong and try something new that I LOVE! I guess I still stick to 'coffee' flavor...I don't think Haagen Dazs will ever top that one.

confession: I ate it all anyway. The pint photographed was empty. I put rocks in the bottom of it so that when I lifted up the background paper it wouldn't fall over. What can I say? I'm here to help!

ps. this post is dedicated to Heidi and Christina, my only (other) faithful readers. You guys rock!